Free exhibition as part of Casa Brasil at Somerset House
21 July – 8 September 2012
This summer, Somerset House and Casa Brasil, home of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and
Rio 2016 during the London 2012 Games, are proud to host an exciting exhibition of
contemporary Brazilian art and design that celebrates the nation’s rich cultural offering.
Bringing together the best of Brazilian art and design today, the exhibition will showcase 33
artists and designers, featuring both emerging and established names from each of Brazil’s
regions to represent the vibrant art scene across the country.
Curated by Brazilian art historian Rafael Cardoso and designed by scenographers Daniela
Thomas and Felipe Tassara for Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, all of the works have
been created in the past ten years and cover the country’s contemporary output in all its forms
including installation pieces, painting, photography, video and sculpture.
Rafael Cardoso said: “Having been somewhat sidelined for many years, there is a growing
interest in and renewed respect for Brazilian art and design on the international stage. We have
a dynamic art scene in Brazil, which dares to take risks and produces interesting work on the
cutting edge. This is why we chose the title ‘From the Margin to the Edge’.
“With the exhibition at Somerset House, we wanted to reflect this shift in global opinion and
demonstrate why the Brazilians are here to stay by presenting an exciting and eclectic mix of
artistic talent on one of the world’s biggest platforms, London 2012.”
The exhibition has been specially commissioned by Rio 2016™ exclusively for Casa Brasil at
Somerset House. For the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the
spirit of the Rio 2016™ Games comes to Somerset House with Casa Brasil. With Rio following
London as the next Olympic host city, Casa Brasil will be a focal point for everyone to
experience the vibrant culture and creative energy for which Brazil is renowned.
For a full list of participating artists and designers, please see below.
Notes to editors
From the margin to the edge: Brazilian art and design in the 21st century
Opening hours: 21 July – 8 September 2012, daily from 10.00 to 19.00, except on
Thursdays when the exhibition opens from 11.00 to 21.00
Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600 www.somersethouse.org.uk
Transport: Nearest Underground Stations are: Temple, Covent Garden, Charing
Cross and Embankment
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